Henschke Eden Valley Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Very deep crimson in color. Exhibiting sweet, lifted, spicy aromas of cassis, anise and
violets; complex with hints of cedar and tar. The palate is lush, fleshy and layered
with sweet fruit; concentrated and complex with good length.
"The 2005 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon contains 13% Merlot. It was sourced from the namesake vineyard with vines ranging in age from 23-49 years. It was aged for 21 months in 73% new French oak. A saturated purple color, the aromatics reveal lots of spice, cigar box, black currants and blackberry. Round, ripe, and extracted on the palate, this lush, flavorful Cabernet will continue to unwind for several more years and offers a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2025. "
The Wine Advocate
"High quality wine; blackcurrant and cassis fruit leads both bouquet and palate; fine tannins and cedary oak add layers to the mouthfeel."
Australian Wine Companion
"Sleek and plump when first poured, this wine requires some patience to reveal the beautiful fresh currant flavors behind its oak scents and fruit tannins. It evolves from scents of toffee and expresso, past the long, chewy tannins into that luscious fruit. The finish is as dark and cool as an earthen cellar. Grown at Cyril Henschke Vineyard on vines ranging from 23 to 49 years of age, this will age well for a decade or more."
Wine & Spirits
"Bright ruby-red. Sexy redcurrant preserve, cherry-cola, anise and rose scents are complicated by notes of dried herbs and cedar. Round, smoky and sweet, offering finely etched red and dark berry flavors and a firming note of cherry skin. Supple tannins frame the fruit and extend through the long, juicy and subtly spicy finish, which features a sexy floral pastille quality. This is showing impressive complexity right now and there'd be no harm in drinking it sooner rather than later."
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The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1862. Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines, including the world-famous Shiraz wines, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue are one of the most lauded winemaking teams...
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